November 23, 2011

SPORTS: Women's Basketball Drops In-State Battle

by Michael Hadley

The IUPUI women’s basketball team (1-2) was unable to overcome a poor shooting performance Tuesday night, falling to Indiana State (2-2) 65-40 in Terre Haute.

Things were shaky at the beginning for IUPUI. After opening the game with four straight turnovers, Nevena Markovic hit one of two free throws to snap the 10-0 Sycamore run. DeeDee Bellamy had a steal and a breakaway layup to shorten the lead to seven, but after that it was all ISU.

“We struggled from the field and from the free throw line tonight and you are going to have a tough time winning games shooting the way we did,” said head coach Austin Parkinson after the loss.

“You can’t take possessions off defensively and we didn’t play our best defense tonight. We are going to need a better effort on the defensive end of the floor this weekend against three tough opponents.”

The Jaguars failed to reach double-digits until the 7:05 mark of the first half when Markovic hit a free throw. The make was only one of three, as IUPUI would shoot 26.7 percent from the floor and 20 percent from the line.

A short bench for IUPUI spelled disaster going into Tuesday night’s tilt with Indiana State as the Jaguars had six players over 20 total game minutes.  Claire Holba and Alyssa Holder added seven and four minutes each off the bench.

Katie Comello lead the team for the second straight game with 15 points, tacking on four rebounds, three assists and two steals. No other Jaguars were over five points or made more than two shots from the floor.

Defensively, IUPUI held Indiana State to 42.1 percent shooting and 31.6 percent from distance. But the Sycamores out rebounded IUPUI 51-37 and moved the ball effectively, assisting 18 of their 24 made baskets.

IUPUI heads to Lawrence, Kansas for the Basketball Traveler’s Inc. Tipoff Classic, where they’ll take on Florida Atlantic, host Kansas, and Lamar over the holiday weekend. 

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